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Phillies likely to go with 11 pitchers and no Domonic Brown on playoff roster

Sep 27, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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There’s still time for the Phillies to change their mind before playoff rosters are due, but all indications are that they’ll go with 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that David Herndon and Joe Blanton are likely competing for the final bullpen spot and Domonic Brown will not be on the roster as an extra outfielder, instead heading to an instructional league to stay ready in case the Phillies need him later on.

Herndon has thrown 56 innings with a 3.38 ERA, but his strikeout-to-walk ratio and home run rate are both far less impressive than his ERA and Blanton has looked pretty solid as a reliever since coming off the disabled list.

What’s interesting about the Phillies’ apparent decision to carry an 11th pitcher instead of Brown is that teams rarely use more than eight or nine pitchers in the playoffs, because the rotation shrinks from five to three or four and the setup men and closers take nearly all of the bullpen work. Philadelphia’s excellent starting pitching makes them even less likely to need all those extra arms.

  1. trigzter - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    well, brown just didn’t do enough to knock off fransisco

    • Will Rodeffer - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      It’s hard to prove anything when they call you up and just let you rot on the bench. I hope they trade Brown to a team that will appreciate him.

  2. xmatt0926x - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    trigzter, you did enough to knock off Francisco. My cat did enough to knock off Francisco. Francisco is horrible. One track swing, trying to pull everything out of the park. Once in a while the ball finds his bat and it looks so pretty when it flies out. Then we have to soend the next 2 weeks hearing “thats what they thought they were getting when they got him from Cleveland. Charlie really thinks this guy can hit!”.

  3. trigzter - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    im sorry, if i was wrong, wouldn’t brown be on the playoff roster? im no huge fan of fransisco, just stating facts.

    • xmatt0926x - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      I wasn’t saying you were wrong as much as ranting about Francisco. Didn’t mean to imply that I was arguing with you. In reality you are correct. Brown hasn’t done enough to knock anyone off. I just can’t stand guys like Francisco so I take every opportunity to rip them.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:28 PM

        What did I do? Oh… you’re talking about the player…

  4. gb4ever0811 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Does it really matter? With the way the Phils play they could probably do this thing with a 20-man roster.

  5. philsgamer - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Please, please, PLEASE keep David Herndon off of the playoff roster!

    • leerosenthall - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      Seriously!

      And Big Joe’s looked pretty decent of late, not to mention he has a pretty good track-record in the post-season.

  6. clydeserra - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Did the internets go down on the east coast? A Phillies post and only 4 comments in an hour….hmmmm

    • leerosenthall - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      Nah, we’re all just still climbing down from the ledge after that EIGHT STRAIGHT LOSSES bender last week.

  7. seanmk - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    this isn’t exactly “news” that dom brown wasn’t going to make the roster. the team has previously stated he’s going to instructional leagues during the playoffs and then his season is done, i think october 15th

  8. Francisco (FC) - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    I agree that Blanton is pitching himself into the post-season. Bastardo is still in by virtue of the fact that he’s left-handed and the possibility that he will recover his mojo in time for the playoffs. I hope he’s able to correct whatever is ailing him, even Stutes seems to have bounced back somewhat.

    For now though, we’ll be living on the Ledge for the Postseason, so bring your heart pills and your most absorbent diapers boyz & galz! (And I say that with mostly amusement and appreciation for Brad… mostly)

  9. Joe - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    The only conceivable rationale for putting Herndon on the roster is if the Phillies were planning on throwing a couple of games. Even Blanton doesn’t make sense. If either of those guys gets in a game, it’s already lost.

    • bleedgreen - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      Exactly. Our starters should all go at LEAST 6, if not 7. Kendrick/Worley can each go 2 at least. In fact, ideally, even Stutes/Bastardo wouldn’t need to pitch unless we’re up by more than 3 runs or someone is getting shelled and the game is lost. Lidge and Madson have cemented themselves as the 8/9th inning guys in my opinion.

  10. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Here is why Ben Francisco makes it over Dom Brown for the guys above. When the opposing team starts a left hander, Mayberry Jr. will get the start in LF. In that scenario, who is the RH pinch hitter with pop if no Francisco? Regardless of circumstance, Ross Gload is ahead of Brown in the PH pecking order. You can disagree with the logic behind that, but it is a fact.

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